August 7, 1989 |
Were Winston Churchill alive, he might say of Americans in the past decade that never have so many people been held hostage by the captivity of so few. Ever since an Iranian mob took control of the U.S. Embassy in Teheran on Nov. 4, 1979, the American presidency has been tied inextricably to the plight of innocent hostages held captive in contravention of human decency and international law. In this regard, the presidency has been the surrogate of...
April 7, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The City Council passed legislation Wednesday that members said would prevent a repeat of mistakes like those made during a day-after-Christmas blizzard that shut down large swaths of the city and reverberated far past the holiday, chipping away at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's approval rating and continuing to spark ire among residents and local officials. "We're taking these aggressive actions to make sure that something like this never happens again," City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.
January 28, 2010 |
By now, the sequence is familiar: Barack Obama has a political problem. Barack Obama gives a stellar speech that changes the conversation. Barack Obama lives to fight another day. In 2008, of course, it was an oration about race in America that calmed the controversy over his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. In September 2009, President Obama reframed the health-care debate after weeks of protests of Democrats' overhaul plans. But, no matter what he said last night in his first State of the Union address, it was unlikely that Obama would be able to quickly turn around the mess he finds himself in now, after a year of the realities of governing.
October 9, 2011 |
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Occupy Wall Street protesters were upset over a lack of employment prospects and government actions that were "not relevant to their lives. " "I think they are angry that they don't have jobs," Pelosi (D., Calif.) told ABC News' This Week program, scheduled for broadcast Sunday. "There's nothing that makes you angrier than not being able to provide for your family or understand what your prospects are for the future. " Americans' pessimism about the economy helped send President Obama's approval rating to 38 percent last week, the lowest of his presidency.
February 21, 2008 |
New Jersey voters, cranky over a souring economy and suspicious of political leaders, are giving increasingly bad marks to their three statewide elected officials, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday. Gov. Corzine's approval rating fell from 46 percent in December to 37 percent in the poll released yesterday. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.), who is seeking reelection this year, had a 42 percent approval rating in December, compared with 39 percent in the new poll.
October 3, 2001 |
In the first Gallup poll published after the disastrous invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, President John F. Kennedy's approval rating jumped 10 points to 83 percent. The commander in chief looked at the numbers - the disapproval was only 5 percent - and said, "The worse I do, the more popular I get. " Not exactly. But as President Bush learned when his approval rating touched 90 percent last week, Americans rally round the flag when it begins to dip. We may think of ourselves as being fiercely independent as individuals, but history comes down on the side of team spirit when the USA takes the field in crisis.
October 27, 1999 |
A dead-heat poll serves up the bitter and the sweet in near-equal doses. The good news for Republican Sam Katz: "The No. 1 good news is that he's competitive in a city where his party faces a [nearly] 4-1 registration deficit," said pollster Terry Madonna. Katz benefits from "an enormous crossover of [Democratic] white voters. That makes him a viable candidate," Madonna said. That's reflected in the GOP candidate's break-even showing in union households (36-37) and his lead among Catholic voters (57-22)
January 18, 1992 |
It seems President Bush can't escape the country's woes - or his slipping popularity. During ceremonies yesterday marking the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bush heard Dr. King's daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, bluntly describe the recession, racism and other domestic problems. Also, a new poll greeted Bush, showing him losing support in the South. During his remarks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Bush hailed what he called the change in attitudes toward minorities.
February 4, 1992 |
An upset Democratic governor foiled an attempt yesterday by President Bush to use the nation's governors as props while he plugged his economic recovery plan. About 10 minutes into a meeting between Bush and the nation's governors, Colorado Gov. Roy Romer objected when White House aides began ushering out reporters immediately after the President concluded opening remarks promoting his tax and budget plan. "Could I ask the press not to leave yet?" interjected Romer. Complaining that "we need a new format here," Romer then launched into a criticism of Bush's budget, saying it contained "gimmicks," spent too much on defense and gave too many tax breaks to the rich.
March 11, 1987 |
A survey conducted by the Philadelphia Police Study Task Force to determine how area residents view the city's Police Department left the panel with what it called a "disturbing" paradox. "One the one hand, the police are viewed favorably by most Philadelphians," the task force concluded from a survey of 1,000 people. Overall, the citizenry awarded the police high or passing marks for their performance, such as responding to emergencies, controlling traffic and combating crime, according to the survey.